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Silent Auction


Indulge your shopping inclinations – bid in the Silent Auction, enter the opportunity drawing or shop the Celebration merchandise carts – wonderful bargains await you!


Here’s a small sample of some of the great items up for bids. Click here to see all the auction items.

Soar with the Condor - Spend 3 days in Baja California and visit the CRES California Condor release site. This is a very special opportunity to see the progress being made in returning this highly endangered bird to its historic range.

Break out of your shell - Tour the Avian Propagation Center and find out what’s hatching! Enjoy a personal tour of the Zoo’s bird facilities led by Dave Rimlinger, Curator of Birds, ending with lunch at Albert’s.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines – Luxuriate in a two-night stay at this Craftsman-style resort including two spa treatments and dinner in their signature restaurant.

CRES Safari Experience – A very special Photo Caravan & Roar and Snore campout – click here for all the details!

Escape from the jungle of everyday tensions in a Tiger River Bengal® spa from Hot Spring® Spas, the world's number one brand of portable spas.

All About Pandas - Go behind the scenes and tour the off-exhibit areas of the SBC Giant Panda research station, plus visit with our charismatic pandas. Finish your tour with a delightful lunch and presentation by Ron Swaisgood, the CRES scientist working with the Wolong Panda Breeding Center. Take home a souvenir panda plush

Wildlife Vet - See first hand what it takes to conduct a veterinary procedure in the field, then tour the state of the art Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital and enjoy lunch with one of our vet staff .

Restrictions: Must be 16 or older.

Calling all couch potatoes – Watch your favorite programs on this Sony 42” TV with stand.

G’Day Mate
– Beautiful plush Koala -- hand sewn and stuffed, made in Australia approx 48" tall.

Opportunity Drawing

Spend your coins* on a chance to win great prizes like these:

  • Party in style – Six VIP tickets to Celebration for the Critters 2006
  • Feed the Animals – Photo caravan for 15 at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
  • Shop til you drop – $500 Nordstrom’s gift certificate.
  • Catch some tunes - iPod Mini stores up to 1,000 songs.
  • Close Escape - Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino gift basket.

* Opportunity drawing tickets are $5 each.

Capture a Celebration souvenir

  • Choose from Celebration logo T-shirts and sweatshirts, plus blinky novelty items.
  • Light up the night with fun glow-in-the-dark jewelry.
  • Wear your favorite animal’s DNA code with one of these sparkling necklaces or bracelets created especially for Celebration by CRES scientists.
  • Take home unique animal themed candy – created especially for Celebration.

Auction item details may change, so check back often for the latest information. Proceeds benefit the Zoological Society of San Diego’s department of Conservation and Research for Endangered Species (CRES) and its research and conservation efforts in the United States and around the world.